I am Ben Bradley. At the age of 26, I have been competing in/coaching the sport of Track & Field for nearly 18 years. Track & Field is one of the main passions in my life and for good reason. My Track & Field career began in elementary school as part of the Round-Up City Racers in Pendleton, Oregon. From there I went on to compete for Sunridge Middle School and three years later became a Pendleton Buckaroo at Pendleton High School where I was a three year letter, team captain, two time state competitor, team MVP and Most Inspirational Male Athlete. From high school I went on to run for a small private college known as Cascade College in Portland, Oregon. It was here that I competed in Cross Country for the first time, earned the honor of Most Improved Male Athlete for cross country, and ran many other events for the Cascade Thunderbirds’ track team. After my freshman year at Cascade, the school was shut down due to funding and poor economical situations. I continued my college career at Oregon State University where I took a year off from Cross Country and Track during my sophomore year. In my junior year I became the Head Coach and overall Program Coordinator of the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis Youth Track & Field team and have, since then, loved every minute of being a coach. During my two seasons as the BGCC Track & Field Head Coach and Program Coordinator, participation and attendance in the program rose by nearly 200%.
I am now the hurdle coach, Level One USA Track & Field certified, and an Accredited Interscholastic Coach back in my home town for Pendleton High School’s track team. I also serve the community as the volunteer head coach of our youth club track program, the Round-Up City Racers. I have earned several certifications in coaching through the National Federation of High School Coaching, USA Track & Field, and am currently working through the Track & Field Academy offered by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
In my near future, I hope to be working with organizations such as Flotrack , USA Track & Field, Nike, etc, or as a collegiate track & field coach. I have worked very hard on creating a fully functional organization known as the Rising Phoenix Track Club to be based in Pendleton, Oregon. As a student, I am currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a focus on Sports Management and Marketing and my Personal Trainer ceritfication. I also hope to have my USA Track & Field Level 2 coaching certification with a focus on Sprints/Hurdles/Relays completed by the end of the year. Currently, I am balancing the tasks of a full-time job, a part-time job, going to school full-time, trying to start my own business, and helping out with the local high school cross country and track & field team.
Well, folks, that is me in a nutshell. I am just a track & field-loving kid with big goals and dreams. With a lot of hard work and motivation, I know I can make these dreams come true.
Always remember, RUN HARD AND TURN LEFT!
Feel free to check out my personal webpage and blog at TrackandFieldLife!